Raising the Consciousness of Empathy

Many of us are natural empathetic beings, feeling and absorbing everything in our environment like a sponge. In many ways empathy is a type of radar that gives us warning and keeps us safe. It’s constantly blipping out there assessing energies, sending messages to our mind to interpret  based on past experience, and setting off alarms in our reptilian brain. Before you know it, the neurological system is doling out fight-or-flight chemicals and you’re in a state of anxiety, often without even knowing why.

Empathy has served us well. In the days of the cave man, this system worked perfectly. But we are no longer living in caves. As we all know, time is speeding up, the energies from the geomagnetic storms are intensifying, as are the emotions of mass consciousness attempting to break free of old constraints. Empathy continues to suck us into the old dramas unable to attract new solutions. Oh we might rise above the symptoms for a brief time, only to be plunged back into the storm. So even if you’re managing your own emotions, if you’re unconsciously tapped into mass consciousness, you’re constantly flipping into your reptilian brain exhausting your adrenal system and your physical body. Can you spell F-A-T-I-G-U-E !!!

Is there another way? I believe there is!!!

In one word: Trust
Can you trust the ever benevolent Universe?
If you do, you trust the Divine and no longer need to engage the empathic system from it’s antiquated template.

We have been taught that empathy equates to “feeling”. It’s important to feel, very important…but where do you want to engage your feelings? Through your heart or your reptilian brain? Realigning your emotional pathways doesn’t mean shutting down your feelings.

During these times of transition, many energies that are no longer appropriate are surfacing within our physical bodies, mass consciousness, and the planet. I’ve seen it written numerous times that it’s important to transmute negative energies. My perception is that we simply need to ALLOW these energies to surface and release organically. If we trust the Universe, we realize that the Universe knows how to do this perfectly if we stay out of the way and stop trying to manipulate energy. Do we really think we are more intelligent and powerful than the Universe?

A simple practice is to focus on the “present moment”. This shift in thought patterning will short circuit the mind’s fixed pattern of reviewing the past and trying to figure everything out, which is what sets off the reptilian brain’s neurological defenses. When you feel a tug on your emotions, just take a deep breath and re-settle into your heart in the present moment where you are safe, protected and provided for. Breath in Love and allow it to do what it knows how to do. Love is what transmutes energies. Love is what soothes your mind and your physical body. Love allows you to rise above the dramas.

When others are in need, don’t confuse empathy with compassion. You are of no assistance to others when you sink into their pain and sorrows by feeling it along with them. That only increases the pain and sorrow! Compassion is what’s called for. Compassion is rooted in unconditional Love and carries a high vibration of healing. Compassion engages the Divine Mind offering miraculous potentials, rather than pulling you into the small mind of worry and drama. For more clarity about compassion you may want to read “New Roles of Compassion” .

The old stories don’t need repeating. A new story needs to be written and compassion opens the heart to hear from a new perception. So cultivate compassion. It will always serve you well.

By raising the consciousness of empathy we open new pathways to the Divine Mind through our hearts where Love reigns supreme and our inner Wisdom blossoms forth, creating lives of ease and grace.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“message from my inner wisdom”
www.sharonlynshepard.com 

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12 thoughts on “Raising the Consciousness of Empathy

  1. The only reason that I know of that there have been no responses yet is that you just wrote this. I am blessed to be the first to congratulate you on this lovely insight. It makes me wonder things like: what relationship there is between the reptilian brain and the thing we call ego. Is there a physical seat for the ego as there is for the high heart: the thalamus? Provocative. Thank you for this musing of my soul.

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  2. Thank you, Sharon! Very well said, and insightful!! Empathy is a frequently confusing subject, and you have done well to sort that out!!

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    • Thank you for the kudos Jim!!!
      The idea of Empathy has been bubbling in my cauldron for quite sometime. I have always seen the gift in being an Empath, but it has also come with its challenges. With this clarity we can enlist empathy in a whole new way!! That’s exciting to me!!!

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  3. beautifully expressed Sharon. We are truly living in exciting times and changing our way of being aligns us with the energy of spirit and oneness.
    Namaste.

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  4. Oh so grateful for this post. Life saving distinctions you’ve exposed. xo

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  6. i’m so glad and fortunate you started this blog to share with us! 🙂

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